The Chinese player narrowly beat the Wizard of Wishaw by a 4-3 scoreline and will now battle it out with Stephen Lee in Newport for a place in the semi-final.
Ding is the 1/2 favourite (Sky Bet – £10 free bet) to claim victory although Lee has comfortably won his two games thus far, beating Michael Holt and Tom Ford by 4-1 scorelines.
The number 15 seed has always had the talent to win ranking tournaments and he is a 15/8 chance (Bet Victor bookmaker) to book a spot in the final four.
The other match in the top half of the draw pits Shaun Murphy against Mark Allen and this could be an evenly-matched contest. Neither player allowed sentiment to get in the way when beating Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry in the last round, with both achieving 4-0 victories.
The bookies find it hard to separate the two cue men, although Murphy is marginal favourite at 10/11 (Boylesports) with Allen on offer at evens and The Pistol does look to be in devastating form at the moment.
Meanwhile, the tie of the quarter final takes place between the two most exciting players in world snooker and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top when Ronnie O’Sullivan plays Judd Trump.
The Rocket was badly beaten when the two players recently met and Ladbrokes make him slight outsider at 10/11 to beat last year’s World Championship finalist, although Trump continues to improve and could be set to go all the way in this tournament.
You can get 10/11 about Judd winning this match and a 5-0 win for Trump is available at 25/1 which might happen if he steals an early advantage and keeps Ronnie in his seat.
Finally, Stephen Maguire is playing some great snooker and is set for an intriguing clash against Mark Selby in the quarter final, with the Jester having cruised through his last sixteen match by beating Martin Gould 4-1.
Even so, his Scottish opponent came close to securing a German Masters victory before being beaten in the final by O’Sullivan and Maguire looks the value proposition at 6/5.